Domestic Violence Allegations: What Are Your Options?

Domestic violence offences have become something of a hot political issue of late. Whilst there has been a reluctance on the part of the police to become involved in ‘domestic’ situations in the past – leading to prolonged abuse – there is a suspicion amongst some that the scales may have tipped too far in the other  … Read more

How do I appeal a restraining order?

Have you been assigned a restraining order that you feel is unfair or unjust? The appeals process for restraining orders or non-molestation orders are much the same as any other conviction. Richard Wood of Criminal Matters outlines what you need to do to appeal your restraining order.     The aim of a restraining order  … Read more

What is a restraining order and how do I apply for one?

A restraining order is a legal court order that prevents one individual from coming into contact with another. This can apply to more than one individual – for example, if there are reasonable grounds, a father can take out a restraining order against the mother to protect himself and his daughter. A breach of orders  … Read more

Animal cruelty: who should you contact?

  Are you concerned about the animal welfare of some neighbouring pets? Do you suspect and individual of animal cruelty? Knowing who to get in touch with and with what information can be difficult, so Criminal Matters have compiled a simple list of options to help you through the process.   Who should you contact,  … Read more

Animal Welfare and the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

  Under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, four breeds are legally banned from being owned, bred, imported or sold in the UK. With increases to maximum sentencing having rolled out in 2014, those convicted under the Dangerous Dogs Act can face up to 14 years in prison. If you’re suspected of owning a banned breed,  … Read more

Health and Safety Law: Will the Changes to Sentencing Affect You?

Health and Safety law, and particularly the guidance relating to the sentencing of offenders, whether corporate or individuals, has changed significantly. Now, those convicted of health & safety offences will face much more severe penalties, whether these are fines or other forms of disposal, such as prison sentences. In this article, I take a look  … Read more

Hospital Trust on Trial for Corporate Manslaughter: Landmark Case?

Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust has become the first in the country to be charged with, and tried for, corporate manslaughter. The case follows the tragic death of, Frances Cappuccini, a primary school teacher following complications after the birth of her second child by caesarean section whilst in Tunbridge Wells Hospital. It is, of  … Read more

Animal Welfare Act Disqualification Removed by Court

Recently, an Animal Welfare Act disqualification order was unusually removed by Norwich Magistrates Court. The application, made by Richard Wood of Criminal Matters, was made under the provisions of the Animal Act 1911. The Animal Welfare Act 2006 replaced the 1911 Act. The original prosecution dated back to 2006, when both clients in the case  … Read more

Dangerous Dogs Act: What is the Legal Framework

The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 is a piece of legislation often written about. If you have been charged with an offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act, then it will be a serious concern. You will be worried about not only your own fate, but also that of any dog, which is the subject of the  … Read more